The latest twist in the saga of redeveloping Exmouth town centre is the disclosure that Waitrose is considering a store on the site of the bus station. According to the Exmouth Journal, they’ve been in talks with landlords Devon County Council. I expect if it went ahead, that would scupper a rival scheme promoted by East Devon council to put a store on its land currently used by rugby club nearby.
I thought our elected representatives were meant to be working together for the good of the town. It seems though the reality is secrecy and double-dealing. It’s about time they all sat down together and came up with a coherent set of proposals, instead of apparently competing with each other to develop the land they (and that actually means we the people) control. The councils need to remember they act on our behalf and should be acting in the town’s best interests, not in their own self-interest like competing lords of the manor.
So Exmouth Town Council is refusing to stump up the £10,000 needed for Christmas lights this year, blaming a lack of will among traders to share the cost, according to this week’s Exmouth Journal. Well that’s a sad state of affairs.
The redevelopment of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth has taken another twist with the suggestion of a major rethink for the proposed centrepiece building. Planning permission was granted, despite major opposition from similar town centre businesses, for a two-storey glass-fronted cafe, including a peformance area and bus shelter.
Comment on the edition of the Exmouth Journal of Thursday, May 26, 2011
An unusual story popped up in the Exmouth Journal on page 7 this week – the suggestion that a “sex bus” run by two prostitutes called Roxy and Ronnie may be stopping off in the Exmouth area on a tour of the Westcountry.